Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Air Warrior II- Air Mobility Exercise.

Hercules Depart on Air Warrior II
A pair of Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules from No. 37 Squadron will participate in Exercise Air Warrior II in Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, from April 18-26. A contingent of 88 Australian personnel will support and fly the aircraft alongside their American counterparts. Air Warrior II tests combat air mobility skills of Hercules crews during high tempo operations in to hostile environments.


C-130J Hercules A97-442 from No. 37 Squadron (37SQN) takes off at RAAF Base Richmond. The aircraft was loaded with equipment and personnel bound for Exercise Air Warrior in the United States of America. 
C-130J Hercules A97-442 from No. 37 Squadron (37SQN) takes off at RAAF Base Richmond. The aircraft was loaded with equipment and personnel bound for Exercise Air Warrior in the United States of America. 
C-130H Hercules A97-007 from No. 37 Squadron (37SQN) prepares for take off at RAAF Base Richmond. The aircraft was loaded with equipment and personnel bound for Exercise Air Warrior in the United States of America. 
C-130H Hercules A97-007 from No. 37 Squadron (37SQN) prepares for take off at RAAF Base Richmond. The aircraft was loaded with equipment and personnel bound for Exercise Air Warrior in the United States of America. 

You have got to be kidding me.

h/t to Jon for the link!  I thought that I had seen it all.  Only in the Air Force!  Read the story of the "pink" MRAP here.

Senior Airman Kayla Manning sits at the wheel of her mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle before heading out on a mission March 27, 2010, at Camp Stryker, Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Trish Bunting 

8 AIM-120D's in weapon's bay of the F-35?


ELP Defens(c)e Blog is reporting that the 8 pack of missiles for the F-35 is currently in development.  What caught my interest was a statement by Aussie Digger in the comments section.
The rail launcher on the door of the F-35 weapons bay doesn’t require a trapeze to project a missile into the airstream from the internal bay…
This means that the F-35 will be able to carry a minimum of 4x internal rail launched missiles and perhaps more, depending on the design of the trapeze…
Eight would be fantastic.  If they were able to "super pack" five AIM-120's per bay then that would be an astounding number of missiles to be carried in a stealth configuration.  Any doubts about the evolutionary trajectory of this design should be laid to rest.  And unlike other aircraft these are planned upgrades.  Impressive.